A homeless man is facing a felony charge after police said he falsely claimed to have planted a bomb inside the CVS Pharmacy store on Stock Island.
Daniel Rioseco Hernandez, 55, was arrested Monday for the Sept. 22 incident in which he allegedly told a 23-year-old cashier he left a bomb in aisle 21, where he had earlier picked up a 2-liter bottle of soda.
He was arrested Monday on suspicion of making a false report of planting a bomb, explosive or weapon of mass destruction — a second-degree felony in Florida punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Deputies arrested the Cuban national, who has worked as a fisherman over the years, at 6810 Front St. on Stock Island. Hernandez bonded out of jail Wednesday after posting $25,000 bond.
On Sept. 22, Hernandez paid for the soda and then made the bomb threat at the CVS Pharmacy, 5610 Overseas Highway, leaving the store at 11:45 a.m., four minutes after security camera footage showed him entering the store, police said.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded and found no such device.
Hernandez returned to the CVS on Oct. 5 and Oct. 9, according to the arrest report, and although they were scared of him, employees took photos of him to give police.
On Oct. 15, deputies found Hernandez and videotaped a conversation with him to compare with the CVS security video and determined they were a match.
Gwen Filosa: @KeyWestGwen